Leak of ambassador's memos about Trump could harm UK-U.S. relations: British minister

Reuters | July 08, 2019

The leak of confidential memos from Britain is ambassador to the United States in which he describes President Donald Trump is administration as dysfunctional and inept could damage relations, a British minister said on Monday. Trade Minister Liam Fox, who is on a visit to Washington, said he would apologise to the president is daughter Ivanka Trump who he is due to meet during his trip.

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Learn how Microsoft is helping Government agencies drive digital transformation. Azure Hackfest helps developers accelerate progress on cloud-based development initiatives. They also give developers hands-on collaboration with Microsoft solutions experts and partners, and the opportunity to address specific agency business challenges and requirements.

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Learn how Microsoft is helping Government agencies drive digital transformation. Azure Hackfest helps developers accelerate progress on cloud-based development initiatives. They also give developers hands-on collaboration with Microsoft solutions experts and partners, and the opportunity to address specific agency business challenges and requirements.

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Accela and Avolve Announce New Reseller Partnership to Streamline Plan Reviews for State and Local Government

Accela | September 28, 2021

Accela®, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for state and local government, and Avolve Software, today announced a new reseller partnership, building on their foundations of expertise in digitally transforming business processes for state and local government. Accela and Avolve have strengthened their partnership over the past decade, and bring together two industry-leading technologies into a robust solution for permitting and electronic plan review, all delivered on Microsoft Azure. Together through this partnership, Avolve and Accela can provide an unparalleled experience for applicants and plan reviewers at building agencies. ProjectDox, Avolve's electronic plan review solution, also provides proven business processes for public works, planning, engineering, fire, and any agency with a plan review requirement. As a result of Avolve and Accela's partnership, jurisdictions can now eliminate paper and PDF/email plan submissions, as well as conduct concurrent online plan reviews - all while communicating project status back into Accela's Civic Application for Building. With Avolve and Accela, agencies can achieve improved collaboration, transparency and process insight, resulting in lower costs, faster review cycles and a streamlined experience for both residents and agency staff. "Avolve is excited to formalize our relationship after working with Accela for more than a decade, with dozens of mutual customers throughout North America. As part of our applicant experience focus in our new ProjectDox 9.2, we created a new Accela Citizen Access integration that provides a seamless applicant experience with self-serve status insight on their plan review as it is progressing. Both organizations have strategically aligned with Microsoft to deploy our mutual customers on the Azure cloud, which additionally improves the performance, security and scalability of the integrated solutions." Avolve CEO Gary Heath Salt Lake City, Utah has relied on the Avolve+Accela solution for more than a decade, and ePlan reduced plan approval times for the city by as much as 50%, saving days and even weeks. After implementing Avolve+Accela, Salt Lake City also began tracking environmental conservation savings, and the estimated reductions are significant: 360,000 fewer miles driven by applicants; 512,000 fewer pounds of printed paper; 2,300 fewer pounds of hydrocarbons released into the atmosphere. Additionally, in light of current health and safety challenges, both staff and citizens are able to continue operations in a safe, online environment. "We are thrilled to grow our partnership with Avolve and expand Accela's network of trusted technology alliances that help government agencies streamline critical plan review processes on Microsoft Azure. Technology plays a critical role in helping governments serve their constituents and simplify permitting and plan reviews. Accela is committed to aligning with partners, like Avolve, to deliver the best cloud-based solutions to governments and help them provide essential community services." Tom Nieto, chief operating officer at Accela The value of Avolve and Accela's complementary technologies is exponentially enhanced when deployed on Microsoft Azure. This combined rich solution assures jurisdictions that their information is secure, removes onerous IT requirements, and eliminates the headaches of upgrading to future versions. By relying on Accela, Avolve, and Microsoft, agencies can deliver a seamless citizen and staff experience, improved review process visibility, up to a 60% increase in plan review efficiencies, and a thorough security and audit trail. The new reseller partnership makes it easier than ever for jurisdictions to acquire the complete permitting and plan review solution on Microsoft's cloud environment in a single procurement. Accela delivers innovative, market-leading SaaS solutions that help governments worldwide to build thriving communities, grow businesses, and protect citizens' services. With Accela, state and local governments can unlock the power of the cloud and offer more modern services, simplify critical workflows, optimize costs and accelerate digitization. In total, Accela delivers leading cloud-based solutions to 80% of the top 100 U.S. cities and strengthens communities for more than 275 million citizens globally. About Avolve Software Avolve's suite of ePlan Life Cycle products brings efficiency and ease to submitting, reviewing, approving, storing and accessing building plans and data within your jurisdiction. Over 150+ cities and counties in the US and Canada use ProjectDox ePlan Review and one in every five citizens live in jurisdictions served by ProjectDox. Avolve has over 1000 deployed plan review processes, with over 2 million plan reviews performed on more than 100 million plan set files. Leading the industry for 15 years, our depth of ePlan process knowledge and services experience is unrivaled. About Accela Accela provides market-leading cloud solutions that empower the most innovative state and local governments around the world to build thriving communities, grow businesses, and protect citizens. More than 275 million citizens globally benefit from Accela's solutions, which are powered by Azure, for permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and service request management. Accela's fast-to-implement Civic Applications, built on its robust and extensible Civic Platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. The company was recently recognized as a 2021 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for its innovative SaaS solutions to help governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was named as one of the Largest East Bay Tech Employers by San Francisco Business Times. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world.

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Ankura Advises Government of Puerto Rico in Largest Public Sector Restructuring in U.S. History

Ankura | March 17, 2022

Ankura Consulting, LLC, an independent global expert and advisory services firm, announced that on March 15, 2022, the Plan of Adjustment for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico went effective. On January 18, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Hon. Laura Taylor Swain approved the Plan of Adjustment that set the restructuring terms for approximately $34 billion of debt, which is the largest restructuring of municipal debt in U.S. history. The Plan of Adjustment paves the way for Puerto Rico to exit from bankruptcy with a stable and sustainable balance sheet. Through the implementation of the Plan of Adjustment, Puerto Rico reduces the total amount of central government debt from $34 billion to $7.4 billion; cuts Puerto Rico's maximum annual debt service payments from a maximum of $4.2 billion to $1.15 billion; and lowers per capita debt by 86%. "This is a great collective achievement for Puerto Rico, thanks to the fiscal and economic team of the Government, the Legislature, the Financial Oversight and Management Board (Oversight Board), and all those who have worked over the past five years to get to this historic moment," said Fernando Batlle, Ankura's Chairman of Latin America, who is leading all aspects of Ankura's advisory work for the Government. He continued, "The consummation of the Commonwealth Plan of Adjustment is the 'reset' button for Puerto Rico and starts a new era of fiscal stability with new opportunities to shape a successful, modern economy." Philip Gund, Global Leader of Ankura's Turnaround & Restructuring practice, commented, "Fernando and the Ankura team worked collaboratively with the Government, the Fiscal Oversight Board and its constituencies and advisors while keeping the best interests of the Commonwealth at the forefront of the restructuring." In addition to the rightsizing of the Commonwealth's balance sheet, the Plan of Adjustment also includes elements that promote and ensure that the Commonwealth maintains fiscally responsible policies and avoids the mistakes of the past, including: the establishment of debt management guidelines that govern future public indebtedness and the establishment and funding of a pension reserve trust to meet future pension obligations. The Plan of Adjustment puts Puerto Rico on a path to grow again the Island's economy, encouraging investment by restoring investors' confidence in Puerto Rico, which in turn will promote economic development and job creation." He continued, "We are honored to have been involved in this historic moment, and as our team continues to advise the Government in other initiatives, our goal will continue to be the betterment of the Commonwealth and its people." Kevin Lavin, CEO of Ankura About Ankura Ankura Consulting Group, LLC is an independent global expert services and advisory firm that delivers services and end-to-end solutions to help clients at critical inflection points related to change, risk, disputes, finance, performance, distress, and transformation. The Ankura team consists of more than 1,700 professionals serving 3000+ clients across 55 countries who are leaders in their respective fields and areas of expertise. Collaborative lateral thinking, hard-earned experience, expertise, and multidisciplinary capabilities drive results and Ankura is unrivaled in its ability to assist clients to Protect, Create and Recover Value.

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Cygnus Technologies and Carahsoft Announce CloudStack Offering to Deploy Zero Trust Data Management Capabilities

Cygnus Technologies | September 18, 2021

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and Cygnus Technologies, a cloud-focused technology reseller and services provider, today announced the availability of CloudStack, a turnkey cloud services stack that enables Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Public Sector organizations to rapidly deploy scalable zero trust data management capabilities. CloudStack is designed for rapid deployment to manage, migrate and secure mission critical data which is created, shared and consumed across edge, cloud, data center and hybrid environments. The solution stack leverages an API-first, platform agnostic architecture for maximum development flexibility, allowing Public Sector customers to select their compute, storage, data protection, application, infrastructure monitoring, networking and zero trust security components from a flexible configuration menu. This speeds the deployment of foundational cloud services technologies that can be managed either internally or by a third party as a service. We are proud to offer a solution that will enable the Public Sector to revolutionize how it handles and protects its data. We are also thrilled to collaborate with vendor, services and reseller partners across the channel to make CloudStack responsive to the requirements of customers’ highly complex missions and environments. Maryam Emdadi, Vice President at Carahsoft Under the partnership agreement, Carahsoft will serve as the lead distributor for CloudStack, and Cygnus Technologies will provide installation and configuration services. Hardware and ancillary software is supplied by Carahsoft’s vendors, including: Cygnus is proud to partner with Carahsoft to introduce this Capabilities Bundle from our Constellation Solutions Portfolio. CloudStack is a modular commercial cloud services capability designed for Public Sector, DoD and Intel customers who need highly secure configuration options to meet their mission requirements. Chris Prophett, Managing Partner, Cygnus Technologies CloudStack is delivered as a fully assembled, crated and ready-to-configure system. This offering is available through Carahsoft’s Cloud Purchasing Program (CPP) and the company’s reseller partners. Through CPP, customers can purchase cloud products and services on a monthly or prepaid basis to match their mission and usage needs. By offering an online portal and pay-as-you-go option, CPP is suited to Government agencies and Public Sector organizations seeking to avoid the costs and vendor lock in of the traditional procurement process. More information is available on Carahsoft’s dedicated CPP resource center. CloudStack is available to the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B and the company’s NASPO ValuePoint, NCPA and The Quilt cooperative purchasing contracts. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. About Cygnus Technologies As a value added reseller, the Cygnus Technologies team brings deep experience advising Public Sector agencies on all technology aspects of their respective Cloud Adoption journeys. We work to earn our customers’ trust by focusing on their business needs, and by helping them drive operational excellence by executing more efficiently and cost effectively against their Mission Objectives as they embrace the Cloud.

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